Skip to main content

Motorcycles are known for being some of the most dangerous vehicles on the road. Motorcycle drivers are often stereotyped as being thrill-seeking adrenaline junkies who like to get into trouble. The truth is, this is just one of many unfair and untrue myths about motorcycles and their riders.

When you're trying to prove that the other party was at fault in a motorcycle accident, there is an unfair bias against motorcycle riders that can affect the outcome of the case. That’s why it’s critical to debunk misinformation.

These are some of the most common myths about motorcycles and the actual facts surrounding them.

1. Helmets harm rather than offering protection.

Nearly every state in the US has laws requiring motorcyclists to wear a helmet. But in states like Florida and New Hampshire, helmets aren't mandated. One common myth is that a helmet can cause a person's neck to break if they are thrown from the bike due to the increased weight against the skull.

Studies indicate that people who wear helmets when riding are significantly less likely to suffer neck injuries than those who don't.

But statistics and studies indicate that people who wear helmets when riding are significantly less likely to suffer neck injuries than those who don't. When they do have neck injuries, said injuries tend to be far less severe than those of people without a helmet.

A Department of Transportation-approved helmet is designed with cushioning abilities that act as shock absorbers if there's an impact. That cancels out any additional force caused by the heavier weight.

Scroll to Continue

Recommended Articles

2. Loud exhaust pipes are safer for riding.

The theory behind this myth is that loud exhaust pipes alert other drivers on the road about the presence of a bike. But the actual statistics show that people with loud exhaust pipes are more likely to crash than people with standard pipes.

Exhaust pipes also won't necessarily increase driver awareness. Since the sound emits from the back of the bike, vehicles in front are unlikely to hear it. And vehicles behind the motorcyclist can already see them. To be more visible, it's better to wear brightly colored gear and a bright helmet.

3. Road tires are less safe than racing tires.

Road tires are designed very differently from racing tires. Not only is the design different, but the components of the tire and the materials are also different. The goal of a racing tire is to grip the ground when superheated. This means that they're built with fewer grooves, so they can reach higher speeds at faster rates.

Racing tires tend to fare all right on dry asphalt, but wet roads are dangerous. The lack of grooves means that the tires can't channel water and get traction against the ground.

Road tires are designed to grip in normal temperatures. They allow for better traction in normal driving conditions, and they're better at handling the road in wet conditions. All-weather tires are specifically designed to handle icy conditions as well.

4. The bike should be laid down if you know you're going to crash.

Accidents tend to happen fast. You don't have time to consider laying the bike down, let alone acting on that impulse.

The theory behind this myth is that you're safer on ground level than straddling your bike, since this prevents you from being thrown. But sliding into cars on the ground is even more dangerous. It makes you hit at higher speeds, and you might get pinned beneath your bike or the vehicle itself.

5. Conventional brakes allow better stopping than anti-lock brakes.

Nathalie Nicole Smith states that working hard and staying true to yourself are sure ways to win in life.

Anti-lock braking systems prevent your tires from locking. They reduce braking pressure and allow for overall safer riding, so they're a worthy investment. Studies across the board show that regardless of the road conditions, drivers of all skill levels stop faster and more safely with anti-lock brakes than with conventional brakes.